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Small business resources for the food & beverage industry

Starting or managing a small business in the food and beverage industry can be both challenging and rewarding. We’ve put together some practical resources to help support you on your journey – whether you’re just starting out, or have been in business for 40 years. Let us guide you in building a successful business!

Did you know the food and beverage processors in BC produce approximately $9 billion worth of food per year and over 30,000 British Columbians are employed in the food and beverage processing industries. This is a huge industry with lots of competition and opportunity.

Looking for COVID-19 specific program or resources then please visit our B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service.

List your business on our Small Business Marketplace

Reach a province-wide audience and promote your food and beverage business on the BC Marketplace. It's free and simple to join!

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Find Non-Medical PPE for your business

As we navigate the public health guidelines around COVID-19, find non-medical PPE for your business on our PPE Marketplace.

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Read our resource list for Food & Drink Businesses

Find out valuable resources that are available to entrepreneurs in the food and beverage sector. From general resources to regulations and advice, helping you along your entrepreneurial journey no matter what stage your business is at.

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Hear from those already in the industry

Emelle's Catering

For over 20 years, Emelle’s Catering has been a culinary fixture in Vancouver’s bustling Mount Pleasant neighborhood. As a testament to their success, earlier this year, Emelle’s Catering became the first ever business to scoop two Small Business BC Awards in one night, winning the Best Marketer and Best Employer Award.

Thai Roots

Before Mild dived into the world of entrepreneurship, she worked a desk job at a bank. During regular trips back to Thailand, she saw the opportunity to turn her love of Thai food into a business. She started small, importing delicious coconut chips after discovering her network of friends loved them, and couldn’t find them in Canada. Years later, she now has two food businesses: Thai Roots Trading and Wela Progressive Health Bar.

Other things to check out

If you’re looking to start a business – take your time and do your research – we’ve created some free business tools to help you assess your ideas and make sure you’re business ready.

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